Actress Sharon Stone and lizards have a long, contentious history. This past Sunday, June 3, Stone posted a video on her Twitter that shows a gigantic lizard walking through her Los Angeles neighborhood.
This is walking up my street!!!! What is going on!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/w9eT8pyYWQ— Sharon Stone (@sharonstone) June 4, 2018
Even without any history, the video is shocking—it looks like the creature escaped from Jurassic Park!
It was a ten foot long Komodo dragon loose on the street!— Sharon Stone (@sharonstone) June 4, 2018
But the appearance of this massive monitor was especially significant to Stone, who had an unfortunate run-in with a Komodo dragon back in 2001.
Her most loyal fans quickly made the connection: as a Father’s Day gift for her former husband Phil Bronstein, Stone arranged a private tour of the Komodo dragon exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo.
Bronstein had always had a fascination with the dragons (which happen to be the world’s largest lizards), but things quickly went south when one of them bit into his foot and refused to let go.
RUN!!!— Jay jay (@jasonmcmahon69) June 5, 2018
Bronstein had been convinced to take off his white shoes and socks before entering the enclosure since zookeepers feared Komo, the Komodo dragon, might mistake them for his favorite food: white rodents.
However, zookeepers forgot about Komo’s OTHER favorite food…human feet. Komo bit into Bronstein’s toe and Stone began screaming hysterically.
Zookeeper Jay Kilgore described the incident:
Komo without warning bit Phil on his left foot and held on. I grabbed Komo by his neck and yelled at him. He let go after an estimated one or two seconds. I pulled Komo away from Phil and yelled at Phil to get out of the exhibit. After a delay of perhaps 10 to 15 seconds, Phil stepped out of the exhibit. I had been repeatedly yelling at Phil to get out.
Komodo dragons will forever remind me of Phil Bronstein's ankle— Robyn Greenspan (@RobynGreenspan) November 8, 2008
Bronstein required surgery to repair his foot, and Stone would later say the zoo had been irresponsible for letting her husband enter the habitat.
To his credit, Bronstein said nothing that happened was the zoo’s fault—he had entered the enclosure willingly, fully aware of the risk he was taking.
Stone’s fans on Twitter drew a connection between this incident from her past and the inexplicable dinosaur in her suburb:
OMG is it the same one that chewed on Phil Bronstein? It's looking for you now!— Jef Poskanzer (@jef_poskanzer) June 4, 2018
Isn't that the komodo dragon she tried to feed Phil Bronstein to?— Buffy's Blog (@BuffyBlogs) June 4, 2018
Like the alligator from Peter Pan, once Komo got a taste, he would never stop chasing after his meal…
Once you’ve tasted Phil Bronstein, you can’t go back to rats.— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole_Cliffe) June 4, 2018
There were also some great jokes to be made, though Stone probably wasn’t in the mood to hear them.
Jurassic Park Gone Wild— Debs Keeler (@DebsKeeler) June 4, 2018
Looks like the walk of shame to me.— Elon Altar (@elonaltar) June 5, 2018
Probably nothing. Just trump draining the swamp in Beverly Hills...— Andrew Dice Sorkin (@andydicesorkin) June 4, 2018
Guess you'll have to MONITOR the situation.— Peabody Coltrane (@JasonLeCount) June 4, 2018
Thankfully, it seems animal control arrived and caught the dragon before it did any harm.
Animal control finally picked him up. So dangerous!— Sharon Stone (@sharonstone) June 4, 2018
A crisis has been averted! Los Angeles will never know how close it was to a foot-biting rampage.